Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters
October 7th, 2011
10:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called on social conservative voters not to settle for a moderate Republican nominee in 2012, a line she has used repeatedly on the campaign trail.

"Don't listen to these people, who every four years tell you we have to select a moderate from our party and we have to settle for the sake of winning," Bachmann said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday. "I am here to tell you we are going to win. This year, we don't settle."

At the conference, largely attended by Christian conservatives, the Minnesota congresswoman shared how her faith played a role in her fight against abortion.

She added that she introduced legislation in Congress on Thursday that would require women considering an abortion to hear and see the heartbeat of the fetus before making a decision.

"We believe that each person - man, woman, black white - no matter the economic circumstances, is made in the image and sacred likeness of the Holy God," she said.

Of all the GOP presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Bachmann has been one of the most outspoken against abortion, hitting hard against President Barack Obama's health care reform for including funds for abortions in the event of rape, incest or if the life of a woman is in danger.

"As president, I'll put our government out of the abortion industry, once and for all," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said she's determined to press on in the fight for social conservative values. Bachmann has long been a darling of the tea party movement, which has mostly shied away from social issues.

"With a proven fighter in the White House, we will finally win on the issue of life, on marriage, on family," Bachmann said. "It's time that we score some victories for our movement."

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Michele Bachmann • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Don't settle for a moderate?! So you are saying I should vote a person who is using Christ for their own political gain?! All the candidates who are selling Christ to promote themselves are nothing more than modern Judas Iscariots!

    October 8, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. Frank138

    News Flash for Bachmann: The next president will be the president of ALL the people of this country. When ANYONE says to me "Don't settle for a moderate" my first reaction is pretty negetive towards that person. This country is not either Liberal OR Conservative: It is, in fact moderate, and I, for one do not want an Idealogue at the top of my government.

    By the way, I am a conservative, and a registered republican who has voted in the last 6 national elections.

    October 8, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  3. Marry

    Well, good that we do not have to talk in earnest about Mrs. Bachmann anymore. She has disqualified herself in to many ways as to list them here all. What is surprising is that there are still a few people that listen to the BS she spreads. And, to think that she is only the tip of the loonies in the GOP/TP that believe they are qualified for the Presidency – insult to the voter! Strait blue ticket…

    October 8, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  4. LNB

    Foul, foul woman. Don't settle for a moderate....go instead for the fringe neo-conservtive, crazy people, like herself. No, sorry Ms. Bachmann. Your tea bagging pea brain hate mongering will get you nowhere: cannot you see that? Down, down, down, you go. Just like Palin. Who would have thought some of the first women to come up to the front of the stage in American politics would be so 1950-white, exclusive, hate-agenda, foul-souled, small-minded bigoted individuals. So long....nice try, bye bye...

    October 8, 2011 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  5. thomas

    As president, I'll put our government out of the abortion industry, once and for all," Bachmann said.

    Dose she and her followers think this will stop abortions all together ? I don't understand , nobody wants to have an abortion. This is a social issue that education and quality of existing life can resolve .

    A law would just push a sad procedure into a darker closet.

    I also don't understand why social conservatives care so deeply about the abortion issue , When they support capital punishment.

    October 8, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  6. Tim

    Why settle for Peter the Great when you can have Ivan the Terrible?

    October 8, 2011 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Somebody but a muzzle on this lunatic already, PLEASE!

    October 8, 2011 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  8. katiedid

    No. The American people do not need a president who will fight to eliminate rights and freedoms due to religious ideologies. Our nation should be oppressed by the intolerance apparent in Bachmann's words.

    October 8, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  9. Clwyd

    Yup! don't settle for someone who will compromise and negotiate, but rather some right wing nut loony tune greedy thug conservative crazy like Michelle will will never waver from her extreme almost Nazi like approach to governing!

    October 8, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Please go back to Minnesota, Michele. You are looking like the "I am not a witch" candidate.

    October 8, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. bill

    What exactly is a "social conservative voter" anyway ? Is it a buzzword. Is it just another confusing label to polarize the public to gain attention? Faith is not going to help the unemployed, only a job will, and companies hire people when there is demand for their products because they are not stupid. I will not vote for anyone who tells me they can fix the problem but never answer the question.......how?

    October 8, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Scott Key

    Yes, let's make her the Republican candidate, please! Then we can get on with the business of running a Pro-Democratic campaign!

    October 8, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. ChiTownArkie

    Don't settle on a moderate. Who needs clear thinking and compromise anyway? Vote for the nuttiest nut in the bag. ME! ME! ME! Vote for ME!

    October 8, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  14. Kenny K

    Are moderates not part of GOP?
    Is her focus on movement just like Jihadist? She is suppose to focus on running a country of diversity.

    October 8, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  15. Gina

    .....What????You still in the race......?Obama 2012

    October 8, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Don't settle for a moderate, Bachmann urges voters"

    Yeah, don't settle for anything less than a full-blown religious fanatic.

    October 8, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Brandon

    Don't settle for a moderate lunatic... If you're gonna go, go all out!

    October 8, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Expat

    No abortion for a woman raped or whose life is in danger? Any man whose wife's life has been threatened during childbirth is praying "Please save my wife!" What do you know Bachmann, you over-privileged hypocrite. You seem to have made yourself God....but lucky for us, your 5 minutes of fame is over. Get out and good riddance!!

    October 8, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. ED FL

    who is this Bachmann lady. Does she come in a box of cereal as a prize.

    October 8, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Joe Mair-

    gopees sit on it

    October 8, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Tired of the nonsense

    People, don't settle for a Republican! The GOP is evil!

    October 8, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Hear that GOBPbaggers? Michele says ya'll need to dial the crazy up to 11. Yes you can!

    October 8, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. sati

    She's terrifying. I do not even want to imagine our country as a Christian theocracy, but I can't see that it would be any different than a Muslim one.

    October 8, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Don't listen to these people, who every four years tell you we have to select a moderate from our party and we have to settle for the sake of winning," Bachmann said. Just vote for the crazy woman!

    October 8, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. beevee

    Extremists are dangerous in every sphere includig politics. is'nt it the reason why we are cautious of religious extremists. Moderation is always a good policy.

    October 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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